We’ve had our fair share of interactions with the Bernie Bros, so this analysis from the guys at Electoral Vote really rang true to me:
It is true that Sanders’ supporters, due to their commitment to him and the ideas he represents, are—as we note above—an invaluable and near-unending source of money, volunteer hours, and enthusiasm. However, it is also true that a number of them are overly aggressive, abrasive, obnoxious, or worse. Not all of them, nor the majority of them, but enough to be a concern (and to give Trump plenty of ammo)…
The Senator’s supporters generally acknowledge the existence of a nasty element within his base. They also tend to have a number of excuses/explanations, though these excuses/explanations don’t stand up to scrutiny. One such argument is that it’s just a few bad apples—a small fraction of a small fraction of his base. But if that were true, the toxicity wouldn’t be so ubiquitous in comments sections, on Facebook, on Twitter, etc. A similar argument is that it’s mostly Russian trolls. That’s certainly possible in some contexts, but this thesis ignores those contexts (for example, Facebook) in which people know personally the Sanders’ supporters who are on the attack.
A third line of defense is the “whataboutism” argument: That all candidates’ supporters spew poison, and it’s only Sanders’ supporters who get called on it. But, if so, there would be at least a few articles like the ones above about the bad behavior of Buttigieg supporters or Warren supporters, and yet those articles don’t exist. And that leads us to a fourth argument, namely that Sanders and his supporters get more criticism, and more unfair criticism, because he’s a threat to “the system.” If so, shouldn’t the same be true of Warren and her supporters? As we’ve pointed out before, she’s actually leftier than he is, based on DW-NOMINATE scores. And yet, one can search far and wide without finding evidence of a substantial nasty element among the members of Warren’s base…
And it goes on, in a very detailed analysis. I’m fine with Bernie as a candidate and I would support him in the general if he becomes the Democratic nominee
Now before anyone @’s me, let me stress that not all of Bernie’s followers are the Bros, nor probably most of them, but the Bros drown out the rest.
The Bernie Bros are a liability for Bernie (Electoral Vote make the case) and you should read the post in its entirety and draw your own conclusions. It’s really good.